After dropping two straight decisions for the second time this season to start the month of August, Cain will look to win his second straight game and notch his 12th victory of the campaign. Cain did not make it past the sixth inning in either of his back-to-back losses early this month. He matched a season high with five earned runs on Aug. 6 against the Cardinals before bouncing back to allow just two earned to the Rockies in 7 1/3 innings of work on Saturday. Bochy was impressed with Cain's effort in his last outing, calling it his best performance since throwing a perfect game on June 13. "He had command, the ball was moving, he pitched pretty efficiently," Bochy said. "He had all his pitches working, and he had a sense of determination out there [Sunday]. He's so good, and he's done such a good job for us this year -- and this is the Matt Cain that we know." Cain, a 27-year-old right-hander, has mores starts against the Padres (29) than any team he's faced. San Diego has also handed him more losses than anyone, as he enters Friday with a 6-11 record against the Padres, although he is 1-0 with no earned runs allowed against them this season. Padres: Team excited about new ownership
The sale of the Padres from John Moores to the group led by the Seidler/O'Malley families and longtime San Diego businessman Ron Fowler on Thursday excited many Padres players and executives. "I think it is great news. We haven't had a chance to meet any of the new owners yet but everything I've heard has been good," third baseman Chase Headley said. "It's nice to have some stability and closure to this. I think it bodes well for the future." The Padres won't hold a news conference to announce the new ownership group until the final closing of the sale, which will occur on or before Aug. 31. "It sounds very positive," said San Diego assistant general manager A.J. Hinch. "Everything is headed in the right direction. We'll wait for further information." Worth noting
The Giants own a 6-3 record against the Padres this season, including 2-1 at Petco Park. San Francisco recorded a season-high five errors against San Diego on June 7. Padres rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal started his Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday with Class A Lake Elsinore. Grandal went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as the designated hitter. On Thursday, Grandal caught for the Storm. No determination has been made on how many more games -- if any -- that he will play in the Minor Leagues before he's reinstated from the disabled list.